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WTJU: In Memoriam

WTJU: In Memoriam

The following people were volunteers at WTJU at various points in our history and each contributed an important element to the station. If you are aware of any other WTJU volunteers who have passed away please send that information to wtju@virginia.edu.

Rod Collins: d. January 15, 1989
Collins was a U.Va. Student and the first program director of WTJU in 1957. He also hosted a classical music program
Ernest L. Folk, III: d. November 16, 1989
Folk was the William S. Potter Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. He hosted the WTJU Opera show throughout most of the 1980s.
Mike Trudgeon: d. Fall 1994
Trudgeon was a community member and hosted a late night rock show, Freedom Rider, during the early 90s.
Damon V. Schnack: d. September 3, 1995
Schnack was a U.Va. Grad Student and on the Astronomy Department Staff. He hosted various classical music radio shows including Modern Music in the late 1980s & early 1990s and Northern Lights in the early 1990s until his death. He was classical music director 1992-94.
Ben Voorhies: d. September 13, 1996
Voorhies was a community member and hosted our folk and bluegrass show, Leftover Biscuits in the early 90s.
Bill Vernon: d. November 1996
Vernon was a community member and hosted Leftover Biscuits along with Ben Voorhies in the early to mid 1990s. He was a nationally-known writer, bluegrass personality, festival emcee and more. The Grey Fox Bill Vernon Scholarship was created upon his passing and is awarded annually to talented and motivated students who are involved in bluegrass music and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
Renee Crist Sheffield: d. May 11, 1997
Crist-Sheffield was a U.Va. Student and hosted several shows during the mid-90s including Ground Rule Double Dutch. She has been memorialized by her then husband, Rob Sheffield, in a book released in 2007, Love Is A Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time
Dave Grant: d. March 5, 2002
Grant was a community member and co-hosted Sons of Zebra which became Radio Tropicale from 1996 until his death. He also hosted Danza Latina and was a well-known local musician.
Donald Hanson: d. September, 2002
Hanson was a community member. In addition to conducting interviews with musicians as part of WTJU's Jazz Concert Series and occasionally co-hosting Jazz shows in the mid-90s, he assisted WTJU behind the scenes in various ways. A life-long jazz aficionado, prior to his death he donated his extensive research for papers and books on Duke Ellington, as well as his entire music library (all records, memorabilia and books) to WTJU. It is now housed in a separate room known as the Donald Hanson Collection.
Steve Graziano: d. March 11, 2005
Graziano was a community member and hosted a late night rock show: "The Dead Rabbit Gang" in the early 90s. He was Rock Music Director in the early 90s.
Ray Spears: d. December 11, 2005
Spears was a community member and hosted or co-hosted The Old Home Place bluegrass radio show from 1998 until 2005.
August Blume: d. February 6, 2009
"Augie" Blume was a great friend of the station and was a guest on several programs over the years. He led a checkered life and WTJU is happy to include him as honorary alumnus of our station.
Harry Shelton: d. June 9, 2009
Like "Augie" Blume above, Harry Shelton was a great friend of the station and was a guest on several programs over the years.

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